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June 3, 1952 

Filed July 17, 1950 


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John P. Hooks, Chicago, ïIL, assignor of-fiftecn 
per cen o John A..Holmes, Chicàgo, ïll. 
Application Ju]y 17, 1950, .Serial-o. 
4 Clim. (CL 0--125) 
This .inençion relates o  license plate holder 
ïor holding he lcec plate oï n uomobfle 
or other vehicte. 
e main and .primary object of the invention 
is to-proide a license plate hoIder which can be 5 
easfly attached fo a portion of the vehicle, the 
license plate being held in the holder in such a. 
manner .that the license plate, together with 
holder, ean be freely swung fo various positions 
 give access fo that portion.of the automobile 10 
covered by said plate whereby that portion oî 
the automobile can be easily washed and cleaned. 
A fther objet provides a holder of the type 
in Whicha license plate easily and quickly 
applied and removed from the holder. 15 
A still._further object of the invention provides 
uper..and.lower metal membershaving channeïs 
disposed.towrd each other, sid channels engag- 
ing the.opposite edges of alicense plate andhav- 
ing oiled springs connecting he two channels 20 
together in a resilient manner so that the holder 
wfll fit various sizes of license plates. 
A further object provides hingedly mounting 
the upper ltcense plate bracket fo the fixed part of 
the holder which allows for free pivotal movement 25 
of e license plate, such movement tensioning 
the holding springs Which return the plate to ifs 
normal position upon release of the plate. 
.A:ftr object embodies a license plate holder 
in Which .the respve parts can be die stamped 0 
forrelatively low cost production. 
Other objects and advantages will be apparent 
upon referece to the following description taken 
in coection with the accompanying drawings, 
in which 
Fig. 1 is a front vertical elevational view of 
holder with the license plate removed; 
Fig. 2  an exploded view of the respective 
par of the holder, showing the par in per- 
spective; 40 
Fig. 3 is a vertical sectional view of the holder 
with the license plate in position; and 
g. 4 is a plan view of the upper bracket as it 
is stamped from a sheet of metal. 
eerring fo the drawings, in which 1Lke nu- 4 
merals are used fo designate similar par 
toughout the various views, the present license 
plae holder comprises and consists of an upper 
bracket 6 which may be formed from a strip 0f 
sheet metal  by a simple stamping operation, 0 
th brket when so stamped embodying the orm 
as flltrated in g. 3. The bracket $ has in- 
wardly of ifs upper edge two spaced apart illed 
or tapped holes ] ïor the reception of the usual 
standard se fastener bolts, the bolts being  


ads, pted fo pass through ttxe holes I to engage 
some portion of a vehicle to thereby rigidly mount 
the bracket 6 in fixed position. The respective 
ends of the bracket are each provided with two 
extensions 8 and , the upper extension $ being 
bent inwardly at right angles to the bracket 6 fo 
form ears, sid ears having drilled or punched 
therein holes ], which holes are adapted fo re- 
ceive pivot pins of a pivoted front plate later to 
be described. The lower extension  is bent in- 
wardty to form a lug which lies spaced-from and 
paral!el to the body of the plate 6. 
An upper plate  has portions at ifs respective 
ends curled over as at ] fo form recesses for 
ïriction]ly holding pivot pins  which nlay .be 
driven into the recesses, or openings as by a stik- 
fig tool of a.ny design. The uPper portion of the 
plate ! ] 'between the pivot pin-receiving end por- 
tions ]  is bent backwardly as at ]  in spaced and 
oaïallel relation with-the .front side Of .the plate 
 fo form :a U-shaped .channel L Whïch is 
adapted to receive the upper edge ]6 of a usual 
license plate f. The plate ] is providèd with 
longitudinal slots 8, Whereby if and when de- 
sired the license plate can - be locked fo the piv- 
oral plate as by:boltand nut fastenings extending 
through the usua] .license plate openings. 
The lower bracket ] has ifs lower edge 20 
turned inwardly to.!ie in spaced and parallel re- 
lation • with the body of the plate ] to form an 
upwardly d/rected U-shaped channel  , which 
channel is adapted to receive the lower edge por- 
tion 2 of the license plate ]. The lower plate 
]9 is urged into engagement with the lower edge 
of the license plate as by a pair of tension springs 
2 having hooked ends  and , the hooked 
ends  engaging in the holes2@ drilled along the 
lower edge of the bracket 6 and the hooked ends 
$ engaging in the drflled holes  spaced ad- 
jacent the upper edge of the lower bracket ]. 
The springs . are of such length that when 
mounted between the upper ;bracket $ and the 
lower plate 19 they will exert sufficient tension 
to readily hold a license plate in position. 
As heretofore pointed out, the license plate may 
be secured fo the pivoted bracket  by meuns 
of usual license plate holder bolts 2 and nuts 2 
as seen in Fig. 4. 
In the assembly of the license plate holder it 
will readily be understood that, first of all, the 
upper bracket 6 is rigidly fixed to some part of 
the automobile body as by bolts extending 
through the .openings ]. Thereafter, thepivoted 
plate f f can be mounted in said bracket 6 us by 
positioning the plate within the ears $ .and driv- 

ing the frictionally held pins through he holes 
|{ and into the openings formed by te curled 
portions |2 of the plate ||. In this position the 
plate | | is pivotally mounted with respect fo the 
bracket 8, the main body of te .plate || ai ifs  
inner surface Iying fiat against the outer sur- 
faces of the Iugs 9. The Iicense plate can then 
be slipped, along its upper edge |8, into the t- 
shaped upper channel |5, and if desired, bolts 
such as 28 can be passed through the license 10 
plate and into the recesses |8 to lock the license 
plate fo the pivoted plate ||. With the tension 
springs engaged in the holes 28 of the upper 
bracket, and with the holes 27 of the lower plate 
| 8, if is only necessary fo exert a sulïlcient spread- 1 
ing pull on the lower plate untiI the Iower t- 
shaped channel 2| wilI snap over and engage the 
lower edge 22 of the license plate, whereupon the 
license plate is held within the holder. 
As the main feature ,of the invention it wilI 20 
readily be understood that the license plate, when 
mounted, can be swung forwardly against the ten- 
sion of the springs 23 in view of the tact that 
the upper plate || is pivotalIy mounted to the 
bracket 8; and in view of the tact that the Iicense 25 
plate can be swung outwardly and upwardly, clear 
and easy access may be had to that portion of 
the automobile normally covered by the Iicense 
plate fo-thereby provide for washing and clean- 
ing that portion of the automobile. When the 30 
]icense plate is released from its pivoted or up- 
ward position, the tension of the springs 23 re- 
turns the saine toits vertical normal position. 
If is not intended that the invention be limited 
fo the exact construction shown, but if is con- 35 
templated that the construction may be vaïied 
within the scope of the foIlowing claires. 
I claire: 
1. A Iicense plate hoIder comprising in com- 
bination, an upper fixed bracket, a plate pivoted 40 
fo said bracket and having a Iicense plate edge- 
receiving channeI supporting Iugs carried by said 
upper bracket and constituting bearing steps 
against which said plate is supported, a lower 
plate having a Iicense plate edge-receiving chan- 
nel, and spring means engaging the upper 
bracket and the Iower plate fo urge the Iower 
plate inte Iicense pIate-engaging position. 
2. A license plate holder comprising in com- 
bination, an upper fixed bracket, a plate pivoted 
to said bracket and having a downwardly open- 

ing channel for receiving te upper edge of the 
Iicense plate, supporting lugs carried by said 
upper bracket and constituting bearing steps 
against which said plate is supported, a lower 
plate having an upwardly opening channeI for 
receiving the Iower edge of the Iicense plate, 
and spring means between the fixed bracket and 
the Iower plate fo hold a Iicense plate between 
the upper and lower channels. 
3. A license plate holder comprising in com- 
bination, an upper fixed bracket having ears at 
its respective ends and spaced pIate-supporting 
Iugs, an upper plate having a portion thereof 
bent fo ïorm a channeIed recess, pivot pins af 
the respective ends of te plate and fitting with- 
in te ears of the bracket, a Iower plate having 
the Iower edge portion thereof bent fo forma 
channeled recess, a Iicense plate mounted along 
ifs top and bottera edges within said recesses, and 
spring means between the fixed bracket and 
Iower plate urging the recesses into license plate 
engaging position. 
4. A Iicense plate holder comprising in com- 
bination, an upper bracket, the opPosite edges 
having inturned ears with openings therein, plate 
supporting Iugs turned in af the respective ends 
of the bracket and spaced from and paralIeI fo 
the body of the bracket, an upper plate having 
pivot pins af ifs sides which fit within the open- 
ings in the bracket ears, the plate having ifs 
upper edge bent outwardly and downwardIy fo 
forma U-shaped upper recess, longitudinal sIots 
in the upper plate body, a lower plate having 
lower edge bent inwardIy and upwardIy fo form 
a t-shaped Iower recess, said recesses adapted 
fo receive the upper and ]ower edges of a license 
plate, and coiled springs fastened between the 
upper bracket and the lower plate to urge the- 
recesses together fo ho!d the license plate. 


The folIowing references are of record in the 
45 file of this patent: 
Number Naine Date 
1,582,289 MacPhail .......... Apr. 27, 192.û 
50 1,847,605 Fitzgerald .......... Mat. 1, 1932 
2,350,993 Aigner ............ JUne 13, 1944